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COVID-19 (Coronavirus-2019) VLAC/AVVS Updates:  

With the growing threat of COVID-19, our main priority is the health and safety or our clients and employees while continuing to provide exceptional veterinary care to our patients. VLAC and AVVS are well prepared and, at this time, will continue to operate normally for routine and emergency appointments. We will keep you informed of any changes via our websites and Facebook pages.  

UPDATE:

As of 4/2/2020 Govornor Scott declared a state of emergency. With this Executive Order, we are asked to only provide essential care and to postpone any non-essential care. We believe that annual vaccinations and care are considered essential in keeping our horse and donkey population healthy and happy. So please, if you have not already, give our clinic a call or email our office to set up your spring appointment today!

Here are the UPDATED measures we are taking and what we are asking of our clients to help aid in the prevention of COVID-19, along with general practices that we have implemented as practice standard:   

  • We are STRONGLY suggesting not having anyone in the barn during appointments. If you would like to be there, or an employee is at the barn, we request that you/they wait in your/their car, in the tack room, or a minimum of 6 feet away at ALL times. We will call clients upon arrival to go over questions, concerns and confirm procedures done at appointments. This also includes barn owners and managers.
  • If you are needed at the appointment or are ask to assist, we are requiring not only our staff but our clients to wear face masks.
  • If any employee is feeling ill, we have asked that they stay home and quarantine themselves based on the recommendations of their personal Physician.   
  • If any client is feeling ill please either, make arrangements to have another person at the appointment or reschedule the appointment.  
  • Non-essential procedures, where the client and veterinarian deem reasonable, will be postponed. This is to help reduce the risk of our exposure and the exposure that we could bring to our clients. (This will be case to case, depending on the situation at hand.)
  • We are implementing the no contact rule. We will not be able to handshake while at appointments to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  
  • Between each interaction with a client, our employees will use hand sanitizer. At the end of each appointment, we will wash our hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water.  
  • If you need to pick up medication from our clinic, please CALL AHEAD and we will have the medication ready for you outside of the clinic to keep the traffic coming and going to a minimum.  

We would like to remind our community that if you have any of the situations below, please have us out to asses the patient:

  • Colic
  • Lameness
  • Choke
  • Diarrhea
  • Laceration
  • Down Horse
  • Respiratory Distress
  • Fever
  • Seizures
  • Foals

For In-House cases, we will discuss our plan of action at the time of scheduling your appointment. Please, as always, be sure to CALL AHEAD if you are bringing in a patient. 

 Because COVID-19 is a fluid situation, our measures may change frequently. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us and we will do our best to answer or accommodate to you!   

Thank you,   VLAC Staff!

Welcome to Vermont Large Animal Clinic


Full Ambulatory Equine Practice with Medical and Surgical Center

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Emergency? Call us right away at (802) 893-6800. For an after-hours emergency please call our emergency phone number (802) 860-8266

We offer extensive equine veterinary services in Vermont and upstate New York, for all ages, breeds, and disciplines. Our mission is to deliver caring, professional service with a large variety of diagnostic and treatment options. We take pride in offering a high level of customer service throughout our practice. We offer the peace of mind that your horses will be cared for by veterinarians who have undergone equine training. This ensures your animals will receive the highest standard of health care.

VLAC – Equine Hospital serves as a referral equine medical and surgical hospital for Vermont, New Hampshire and upstate New York. We offer a variety of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options, including: emergency and routine equine surgery, digital radiography, ultrasound, shock wave therapy and video endoscopy. One focus of VLAC – Equine Hospital is on client education, allowing our clients to make the best and most informed decisions for their animals.

Vermont Large Animal Clinic | 802-893-6800
1054 Lake Road
Milton, VT 05468
Email: office@vlac.net

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Meet Our Skilled Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Tiffany Hamelin
    Receptionist/Veterinary Assistant

    Tiffany graduated from SUNY Cobleskill in 2013 with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Animal Science with an Equine concentration. She began her veterinary medicine career with the Equine Clinic at Oakencroft, located in Albany, NY. She worked here as a live-in Veterinary Assistant for three years. For the next 3 years, she worked in small animal clinics, gaining experience in emergency medicine, surgery, and general practice. We welcomed Tiffany to VLAC in August of 2019. In her free time Tiffany enjoys caring for her two horses: Maggie and Dash, and her dogs: Dylan and Cedar.

  • Alexandra Brunet
    , DVM
    2019-2020 VLAC Intern

    Dr. Alex Brunet grew up riding horses in New Jersey. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ramapo College of New Jersey and earned her DVM at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include internal medicine, preventative care and sports medicine. In her spare time Alex enjoys various outdoor activities with her huskies, Bear and Rainier. She also volunteers for endurance races, both for horses and sled dogs. She is looking forward to spending the next year in beautiful Vermont!

  • Abigail Ball
    , DVM
    2019-2020 VLAC Intern

    Dr. Abby Ball is from southeastern Wisconsin, where she grew up working with a variety of large animals, including horses, dairy goats, and dairy cattle. Riding for several years at local stables, she developed a deep love for horses, which became her main focus throughout veterinary school. She studied Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before early acceptance to veterinary school. Abby earned her DVM with an equine emphasis in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include internal medicine, advanced dentistry, and theriogenology.  In her spare time, she enjoys all things outdoors- fishing, hiking, kayaking, cycling, and snowmobiling in the winter.

  • Emilie Beaupré,
    DVM
    Associate

    Dr. Beaupré is a life long equestrian. She enjoys all facets of equine veterinary work. Her focus is on mare reproduction, integrative medicine (veterinary spinal manipulation and acupunctures), biomechanics/lameness, and preventative medicine. She received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University College (CSU) of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, her certification in veterinary acupuncture from CSU in 2005, and her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy from The Healing Oasis, Sturtevant WI in 2008. Emilie has practiced in Northern Vermont since 2005 starting with her internship at Vermont Large Animal Clinic. When Emilie is not working, she enjoys riding her horse 'Rio', breeding and raising a foal or two, and spending quality time raising and keeping up with her two boys Liam and Jack along with her husband Peter.

  • Samantha King
    , CVT
    Practice Manager/Head Technician

    Samantha came to VLAC in 2012 for a technician externship and came back in 2013 to fill the head technician position. She was then given the opportunity to add practice manager to her title in 2019. She completed her Associates in Veterinary Technology at Becker College in Massachusetts in 2013 and received her certification in 2014. She is a Vermont native and loves spending time outdoors with her husband, Nohea, and dogs, Lola and MJ.

  • Amber Goodwin
    , DVM
    Associate

    Dr. Amber Goodwin grew up riding horses on the north shore of Massachusetts. She competed in the hunters and equitation up to and through high school and received a scholarship to ride in college for Texas A&M University's Division 1 Equestrian Team. She earned her bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in Animal Science in 2011, while also receiving 3 national championships with the equestrian team during her time in Texas. Amber was accepted to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, and after a year at Ross University she transferred to Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM in 2016. After completing her internship at VLAC, Dr. Amber joined the VLAC team as a full-time associate. Amber's interests include equine sports medicine, theriogenology, and alternative medicine. Amber has always had a deep love for animals and enjoys spending time with her dog Sophie (pictured), who she adopted during her time at Ross University in St. Kitts in the Caribbean.

  • Amanda Spector
    ,DVM
    Associate

    Dr. Spector grew up north of Baltimore, MD, where she participated in a variety of horse sports and was active in a local chapter of the United States Pony Clubs. While attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed an externship at VLAC. After receiving her DVM in 2013, Dr. Spector completed an internship at a referral hospital near San Antonio, TX. She then returned to the northeast, joining an equine practice near Saratoga Springs, NY, where she focused on sports medicine and dentistry. She is excited to return to VLAC for the next chapter of her career in equine medicine. When not at work, Dr. Spector enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, especially with her husband, Peter, a Vermont native. You may also find her reading a book with their Siamese cat, Myron, purring on her lap.

  • Philip D. van Harreveld
    , DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
    Owner

    Dr. van Harreveld graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. In 1997, Dr. Phil completed a one year internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Kansas State University. In 2000, he completed an equine surgery residency at Kansas State University. In 2001, Dr. Phil was certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in equine surgery. During his surgical residency, Dr. Phil received a Masters Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from Kansas State University for research work in the field of equine joint and bone biomechanics. Dr. Phil's special interests include lameness examination, soft tissue and reproductive surgery, and the management of medical and surgical equine colic.

Testimonials

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  • "Excellent and personalized care. Very lucky to have this hidden gem right here in VT. All employees truly care for the horses and make you feel right at home."
    Stephanie T.

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Office Hours

Milton, VT Hours (802) 893-6800

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Emergency Answering Service Hours (802) 860-8266

Monday:

5:00 pm-8:00 am

Tuesday:

5:00 pm-8:00 am

Wednesday:

5:00 pm-8:00 am

Thursday:

5:00 pm-8:00 am

Friday:

5:00 pm-8:00 am

Saturday:

12:00 am-12:00 am

Sunday:

12:00 am-12:00 am